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In reality, I motivate myself! 'Low-skilled' workers' motivation: between individual and societal narratives

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‘Education, education, education’ has been a mantra in transnational and national policies since the mid-1990s: everybody has to take part in learning activities throughout their lives in order to stay employable. Hereby lifelong learning establishes a dividing practice between active and inactive lifelong learners constituting the latter as a ‘problem’. The EU call is to make people active, with an underlying assumption of people not being motivated. This article explores how one such ‘inactive’ group, low-skilled workers, narrates motivation for learning, work and other activities through a work life span. On the basis of the Self-Determination Theory, we argue that low-skilled workers are active and motivated; however, their motivational orientation may not be towards what is considered productive activities.
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Sider (fra-til)171-184
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 17 feb. 2016


  • lifelong learning, low-skilled workers, narrative research, self-determination theory, Motivation, Arbejdsliv, Livslang læring

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